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Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt passes away

Mar 9, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

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Harry Wendelstedt, who was an MLB umpire for more than 30 years before retiring in 1998, passed away today at age 73.

Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series, four All-Star games, and a record-tying five no-hitters, was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago.

The accompanying photo shows Wendelstedt with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt, who followed in his footsteps and is a current MLB umpire.

  1. housebroken dad - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Condolences to the Wendelstedt family. As a former student at his umpiring school, Harry was the utmost professional at what he did. He was surely missed when he retired.

  2. cur68 - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I’m sorry hear this. I had no idea he was unwell, either. Happy trails, Mr. Wendelstedt. Its been just a craptastic year for baseball people and cancer. Sucks.

  3. stoutfiles - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    He dated my great aunt for a bit in the late 90’s, had dinner with him and her. Very nice guy, so much so I considered growing up to be an umpire.

  4. dad4dds - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    He will be missed one of the best.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    He was indeed one of the best. Rest in peace, Harry.

  6. larryboodry - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Rest in peace, Harry.

  7. brian32556 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    R.I.P. Harry. You were one of the best!

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